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  1. Scot. a unit of liquid measure equal to a little less than a U.S. liquid pint.
  2. a container, usually of pewter, holding this quantity.
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Origin of mutchkin

1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) muchekyn < Middle Dutch mudseken, equivalent to mudse (diminutive of muddeLatin modius measure of grain) + -ken -kin
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Historical Examples

  • The patient, of course, was impressed with Mutchkin's acuteness, and so was the apprentice.

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  • Godsake, woman, let me away; there's saxpence t' ye to buy half a mutchkin, instead o' clavering about thae auld-warld stories.'

  • Mutchkin, much′kin, n. a Scottish liquid measure of four gills, or forming one-fourth of a Scottish pint.

  • "Aggie, fill me a mutchkin when you're at it," said Gourlay to the pretty barmaid with the curly hair.

  • We accepted his apology; and, ordering the landlord to bring in half a mutchkin of whisky, the storm blew by.

British Dictionary definitions for mutchkin


  1. a Scottish unit of liquid measure equal to slightly less than one pint
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Word Origin

C15: from Middle Dutch mudseken, from Latin modius measure for grain
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